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  •  I'm sure that he tried - ?? (2+ / 0-)
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    Many corporate orgs have policies about who is allowed to speak to the press.  Any investor who breaches such a policy could be sued.

    IMO Reid was the perfect conduit, because no company can prohibit anyone from speaking to members of congress.

    •  Um (0+ / 0-)

      He tried to get them to do what he ended up doing, making a public claim based on an undisclosed source. The media does this all the time, often unethically and with very poor sourcing, e.g. the "undisclosed sources" who helped sell the Iraq war on lies. Almost anyone in almost any organization can speak to the media at almost any time on almost any topic, provided that they do so discretely, no matter what rules their orgs have to prevent or forbid it. So long as they're smart about it, no one finds out. So there's no defense for the media not doing their job here on this count. They didn't want to do their job here, because they're afraid of the behind the scenes blowback.

      "Liberty without virtue would be no blessing to us" - Benjamin Rush, 1777

      by kovie on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 11:58:20 AM PDT

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    •  Reid=Murdoch's dad disclosure British WWI disaster (2+ / 0-)

      Reid may be using boxing strategy, or reading Brit's diaries here on Dkos.

      As you point out, he is choosing to be a protected conduit.
      This is exactly the way that Keith Murdoch revealed the Gallipoli peninsula campaign disaster that press censors were explained in Brit's early FOTHOM diaries, and in greater detail in his soon to be published book version of those diaries.

      For the discussion in the diaries, search Brit and Gallipoli;

      for the book, see link,

      FOTHOM book form

      and for those who like immediate gratification, read on to next post.

      "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

      by BlueStateRedhead on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 12:26:29 PM PDT

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      •  Reid's protected conduit: the Keith Murdoch model (2+ / 0-)

        Keith the dad Murdoch's m.o.:

        It's WW I, 1915, and in three easy steps, KM becomes the hero of Gallipoli.

        1. KM,  having seen with his own eyes the  disaster that resulted from the British naval failure to take the Gallipoli peninsula from Turks (allies of Germans) and having met English correspondents who could not report on the fact that there was deadlock, disease and in some places, troops in sitting duck situation there due to censorship...

        2. proceeded to London, where as an Australian subject, he could write a letter to his representative in the Parliament on the subject without being subject to censorship....

        3. the rep, who was the Australian PM, could reveal it under cover of his parliamentary privilege. It became a parliamentary White Paper, the Gallipoli proponents on the war council were defeated (Churchill was sacked), and the sailors/marines were eventually  evacuated secretly with loss of life of less than a handful of men.

        This is one of the founding pillars of the House of Murdoch.

        "Are you bluish? You don't look bluish," attributed to poet Roger Joseph McGough, for the Beatles' Yellow Submarine (1968).

        by BlueStateRedhead on Fri Aug 03, 2012 at 12:28:48 PM PDT

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      •  Thanks for the insight. nt (1+ / 0-)
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